Breen takes oath in Springfield

First Lombardian Ever Elected to General Assembly Begins Work

SPRINGFIELD – Former Lombard village trustee Peter Breen was sworn in as the new State Representative for Illinois’ 48th District on Wednesday, bringing with him years of community involvement and broad experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. All 118 members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office for the inaugural of the 99th General Assembly at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in a noon-time ceremony.

“For too long, the government of Illinois has been out of touch with the people of Illinois,” said Rep. Breen, “I’m proud to serve the people of east and central DuPage County as their advocate, for a strong economy and job growth, common-sense budget and spending reforms, and cleaning up state government. Folks are being forced to move out of Illinois to find work and opportunity. I look forward to working with Governor Rauner and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to chart a positive new course for Illinois to make our state the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family.”

A little over a decade ago, Rep. Breen left his lucrative patent law practice to commit himself full-time to service. In 2005, he founded a local not-for-profit, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers who have since served thousands of pregnant women in need and their children in DuPage and Will counties. In 2008, Breen joined the Thomas More Society, a national not-for-profit legal organization that advocates for First Amendment rights, where he represents individuals, organizations, and churches, often against government entities seeking to curtail those constitutional rights.

Breen was elected to the Lombard Village Board in 2011, serving as Acting Village President from 2012- 2013, where he initiated a line-by-line review of the Village's proposed annual budget, identifying and cutting over half a million dollars in spending without the loss of Village services. He then ensured that those savings were returned to Lombard taxpayers by permanently eliminating the Village's annual vehicle sticker and fee. As a village trustee, Breen drafted and passed the state’s toughest municipal financial transparency policy, and his legislation is now held up as a model for other units of government across Illinois. Rep. Breen is the first resident of Lombard to ever be elected to the General Assembly.

In his first official act as State Representative, Rep. Breen executed paperwork rejecting the state legislative pension he is entitled to under Illinois law. Breen’s decision is final and irrevocable; as administrative rules within the state pension system do not allow him to ever opt back in. Breen will sponsor legislation to eliminate pensions for service in the General Assembly, which is intended to be a part-time position.

Constituents wishing to contact Rep. Breen may do so through his website at Rep. Breen plans on opening his permanent district office in Lombard on February 1. Until then, he may be reached by phone at the district office of Sen. Chris Nybo at (630) 969-0990.

Rep. Peter Breen holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering which he earned in three years from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of Lombard's Father Boecker Council of the Knights of Columbus and is an Eagle Scout. Rep. Breen and his wife, Margie, reside in Lombard and attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The 48th District includes portions of Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wheaton, Lisle, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, and Villa Park.

Rep. Peter Breen (fourth row from bottom, fourth from right) takes the oath of office at the inauguration of the 99th Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on January 14, 2015.

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